Seagate have announced their third-generation of portable hard-drives, the Seagate GoFlex Storage System, which debuts a system of interchangeable connection adapters that can be used to turn a regular USB 2.0 HDD into a USB 3.0, eSATA or FireWire 800 drive. Meanwhile there are a selection of special cables and docks, which can add automatic backup functionality (using Memeo technology), network connectivity, HD media playback or desktop dock convenience.
Seagate have already dabbled their feet into the media distribution business recently, what with the FreeAgent Go HDD preloaded with Paramount content, but their streaming content ambitions continue with an incoming update to the FreeAgent Theater+ HD Media Player. Taking advantage of the set-top box's ethernet port, the new firmware will allow for Netflix streaming and YouTube access, along with vTune and Mediafly support.
We can't say we've ever felt the pressing need to save time and download energy by buying our external storage and digital movies at the same time, but Seagate's latest FreeAgent Go offers just that simplicity. The 500GB USB 2.0 portable hard-drive comes preloaded with twenty different feature-films, although you don't actually get them included in the purchase price; instead, Seagate - and Paramount Pictures, who they've partnered with for this - allow you to pick which titles to unlock, charging you between $9.99 and $14.99 for each one.
Seagate is one of the biggest makers of storage products on the planet. The company has a full range of external solutions for consumers as well as internal HDDs for notebooks, desktops, and enterprise storage. The company has a new SAS 3.5-inch HDD for enterprise use that it claims to be the first for the industry.
Seagate makes all sorts of storage products and most of us are familiar with their internal and external storage products for home and office users. Seagate is also a big name in the enterprise area with hard drives and storage products aimed at large datacenters used in big business. Seagate has announced that it is now shipping the world's highest capacity and most reliable small form factor HDD called the Savvio 10K.4.
Seagate have become the latest hard-drive manufacturer to push out a USB 3.0 external HDD, in the shape of the Seagate BlackArmor PS110, and since they know that most users probably won't have a USB 3.0 port on their existing notebook they've thrown in a "portable external hard drive performance kit" too. The kit includes the 500GB 7,200rpm PS110 external drive along with a PC Express card to add the requisite USB 3.0 port; once that's slotted into place you can expect sustained data transfer speeds of 100MB/s.
Seagate have officially announced their indecently-skinny Momentus Thin hard-drive, which breaks a few records by virtue of its 7mm thickness. The 2.5-inch hard-drive is targeted at ultraportables and netbooks, and will offer 160GB and 250GB capacities along with 8MB of cache and a SATA 3.0Gb/sec interface.
Whether you use it for backup, for shuttling your media between computers or for archiving old files you can't quite bring yourself to delete, an external hard drive is always handy. Seagate are celebrating their thirtieth anniversary this month, and they've given us a 640GB FreeAgent Go USB hard drive to give away to one SlashGear reader. Find out how to win after the cut.